Sunday, June 19, 2011

Riding a Wave

We are riding a wave.  Rudi had a relatively quiet night, although mine was a sleepless one.  This morning she's up and around a little bit and even wanted to go outside.  She's nowhere close to being 'just fine,' but that's okay, she's here with us, and seems to be comfortable and not in pain. I'm sure that her system is absorbing some of the blood that's in her abdomen which is why there seems to be an 'upswing' in her mood and attitude.  I'm just hoping that we can make it through another night and to my vet first thing on Monday.  Many many thanks for your continued good thoughts and prayers that are at the moment putting us on top of the wave, and helping me come to grips with what I know is coming.


  1. I didn't comment when I read the post about Rudi - I was so shocked that you should have such a double whammy. That is so not fair on you or dear Rudi.

    All I could think was, "BLOODY HELL." If I'm honest that's all I can still think of.

    Bloody hell.

    Love to you and a gentle kiss for Rudi. I know you wouldn't let her suffer, and I think you just needed this extra time to be able to say good bye to this special girl.


  2. We are asking prayers for Rudi too!

    Boondocks, Kudzu, and Gang

  3. We will stay on this awful roller coaster with you and Rudi all the way. Sending continued thoughts for all of you.

  4. I've been behind on reading blogs so please accept my belated sympathies. We will all miss Hamlet. He was a lucky boy to have had your love.

    I'm relieved to hear Rudi had a quiet night. We're sending up many, many prayers for all of you during such a difficult time.

    Wags and hugs,
    Zona and Jill

  5. Good to know she made it through the night & is doing a little better, We hope she continues to get better.

  6. Just checking back in to see how the little lady is doing, paws crossed for a quiet night for you both, xxx

  7. sweet little girl. i'm glad she's giving you a good day...

  8. Oh, Kim - not so soon!

    Our golden Lindsey lived several happy years after her spleen spontaneously burst and was removed. She ultimately died of hemangiosarcoma at 16, but had good years in-between. We were fortunate, though; I know hemangiosarcoma is often more aggressive.

    I'll keep Rudi in my heart and hope you're all able to continue riding the wave for awhile and have a gentle landing.

    - Anne

  9. Oh my goodness Kim...
    Please do keep us posted and know that you and Rudi are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Hi Kim,

    Thanks for taking the time to give an update on Rudi.

    I really do understand what you're going through. My "heart dog", Kesey, bled out acutely one morning due to a lymphatic tumor in his heart. It was very sudden and shocking. Like you, I brought him home, with some lasix to keep the fluid down and pred to
    "beat up" the cancer a little. I rode the wave with him for about a week or two....and it's a period of time I'll always be incredibly thankful to have had.

    Rudi doesn't look ready to throw in the towel just yet. I'm glad she's comfortable and you two are able to spend the weekend together.

    Take care...

  11. Glad R is hanging in there....hemangio, so insidious...
    You hang in there too....
    Thoughts are with you..

  12. Kim,
    You are so strong and your strength transfers to Rudi.
    Thinking of you often, God Bless.

    Sheila & Bob

  13. So few words I can say - just so sad this is on your plate so soon after dear Hamlet. Lighting a candle for all of you tonight.

  14. Thinking of you and your family Kim!

  15. Good girl Rudi!
    All the best Kim.

  16. Hang in there Rudi! Hang in there Kim! We love you and we're with you through every one of the ups and downs.

  17. are an take such good care of these sweet babies....i am praying for you and Rudi and thinking good thoughts, my friend

    i will be in touch

    sending love,
    kary and teddy

  18. We are also here riding the wave with you Kim.
    One moment at a time.

  19. We are rooting for you Rudi - hang in there sweet girl :(

  20. Dear Kim, Somehow I missed your post from yesterday and just got caught up-oh girl what more can happen. I'm glad Rudi made it through the night and will pray that she hangs on. Miracles still happen. Hang in there friend and know that so many are lifting you up and surrounding you with love.

  21. So glad you made the decision to take Rudi home and love her for a bit longer. I wish I had done that with Sam, but the vet sounded so insistant. It gives you time to prepare for what's to come even if it be at a later date, and enjoy the sweetness while you can. You are a wonderful mom to her!!

  22. Rudi actually looks wonderful. Maybe you and Rudi have some more time to go find some ripe blackberries!!! As you well know, each day is precious and you did the right thing by her.
    Thanks for keeping us posted.
    Hugs and prayers,

  23. All that I can say is that I am thinking of you and Rudi and your whole family. I'm glad that you have a bit of time with her but I am so so sorry about what you've all been going through.

    My thoughts are with you.

  24. Thank the Lord for one more good day. May she have another, and another, until she tells you it's time to go. Keeping you and Rudi in my thoughts and prayers, dear Kim.

  25. my gosh kim. you and carl, thank god for people like you. i am writing this with tears streaming down my face for hamlet and rudi. i wrote yesterday, but took the time today to read the archives. such beloved goldens and your little wheaton to find the sanctuary that is perfect for them. you are truly amazing and wonderful. and just like wilf, you have a whole community of people sending their love and strength for what you must face. i simply can't not believe in miracles. so i will hold good thoughts for you and darling rudi.
    tammy j

  26. i'm so glad she made it through the night and that she seems to be pain free.

    just know that you aren't alone on the roller coaster - we fellow dog lovers are here w/ you also.

    be thinking of you all - take care and take care of rudi as i know you will. (and you will know in your heart when the time is right)

  27. Dear Kim,

    I have only just got to read your last posts. I am so sorry.

    I know it was Hamlet's time (we will miss him too), but it's so unfair to read about Rudi and learn that you are going through this now.

    Please know that we are thinking of you, your family and Rudi, and sending you our love, hugs and gentle woofs.

    Riley and his mum

  28. God bless you, Kim. You and Carl are so special. May God comfort you, and keep Rudi comfortable as well. I can't imagine doing what you do. You are a strong and beautiful woman with a heart of gold. My prayers are going out for you at yet another difficult time...

  29. Your heart is so big, Kim! You rescue dogs that are old and ailing, then love them and nurture them until their last days. Then you have to let go after they have become like your own children. Such sadness for you, but at the same time so rewarding to give so selflessly to the helpless.

  30. I hope Rudi continues to have good days.

  31. I am wishing on a star tonight for Rudi. I will wish for peace to come to her in whatever form she needs. Comfort and no pain will be with her on her journey, with you by her side.

    Many hugs and well wishes to both of you.


  32. We lost Paddington (our first male golden) to that. It's painless, he went peacefully in his sleep, and I had another month with him. He had good days and quiet days, and he knew he was loved until the end.

  33. What Joanna said. Mama has lost dogs [and cats] within a couple of months of each other, but never within days. Our paws are crossed and mama's prayers are with you and Rudi. Sometimes we just have to hope that Mother Teresa was right: "I know God would never give me more than I can handle, but sometimes I wish He didn't trust me so much."

    Jed & Abby

  34. We are hoping, and wishing for Rudi. And will keep you all in our thoughts.

    Sweet hugs,
    Sierra Rose

  35. Just back from Paris to learn about this latest blow. Stay Tthere's a whole world of folks out there willing you strength .

  36. I am so sorry to hear about your recent loss of Hamlet. Your family is in my thoughts, especially dear Rudy.

    Your pal,Pip

  37. Paws khrossed here with lots of vibes from one Sibe, two Goldens, and a human!

  38. My dog with hemangiosarcoma had bad days, from time to time. Before we got her diagnosis, I thought of them as "old dog days."

    She'd have one day when she was tired and didn't want to do anything. I'd think "Uh oh!" and the next day she'd be her usual self.

    When she was diagnosed, they said it was probably that she'd been having minor bleeds.

    She went on like that for a long time (months and months). I hope the same for Rudi!

    They put my girl on piroxicam, a heavy-duty anti-inflamatory. I don't know if it might help Rudi.

  39. How awful for you & your husband to have to go thru this again so soon.
    I`m glad you brought her home.I hope she will be alright,but in any case you`ll be there & that`s a comfort to her,phyllis

  40. Hello there. My name is Mayzie and I just heard about Rudi and Hamlet from my furend Zona. I just wanted to come over and tell you I'm awfully sorry about Hamlet and that my paws are crossed super-tight for Rudi.

    Gentle wiggles & wags,

  41. I just found your blog and became your newest follower as I am already in love with all of your dogs. I am so sorry for the loss of Hamlet any send prayers for dear Rudi.

  42. I'm really sorry! I can't imagine such a tough loss of two sweet souls so close together.

  43. So unfair, so soon after Hamlet. I'm sending you hugs and blessings xxx

  44. thinking of you this afternoon Kim, wondering how your day went...praying for Rudi!

  45. ok it is monday now. i hope you had the chance to go to the vet...

    I still have a little candle burning here besides my computer...

    Sending love and prayers your way

  46. I'm sure because of you Rudi will have the best last days possible.


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